We had a great time touring Jubitz up in Portland last week (especially because it’s literally in our backyard), but we’ve got to hop back on the road and continue our search for the top American Truck Stops! And no list would be complete without including the largest truck stop in the world, the Iowa 80. Known by many as “Disneyland for Truckers” this place really is a piece of work. Some consider it to be less of a truck stop and more of a small city. So we’re going to pull in a see what all the buzz is about.
The first thing you’ll notice as you pull in is the sheer size of this stop. At 100,000 square feet, the Iowa 80 serves upwards of 5,000 truckers and families per day. If you find yourself here on a Sunday they even have a church for those seeking a little peace and reflection for their journey. But if you’re more inclined to grab some food and supplies for the road, they’ve certainly got you covered there. Let’s take a look at the food options first.
If you’re in a bit of a hurry, the food court has tons of grab and go options including Wendy’s, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, DQ, Orange Julius & Caribou. But if you’d like to take a load off and enjoy a nice home-style meal, the family-owned Iowa 80 Kitchen has you covered.
Order off the menu or walk the buffet which has tons of really impressive options. You’ll always find a spot to sit thanks to the dinning room’s 300+ seats, and they’re open 24 hours a day which is a plus if you pull in late.
If you drop in between July 13-15th (and we recommend you do), you can attend the Truckers Jamboree at no charge! The event is organized to serve as somewhat of a carnival for truckers and includes an Antique Truck Display, Super Trucks Beauty Contest, Over 175 exhibits, Iowa Pork Chop Cookout, Carnival Games, Live Country Music, Trucker Olympics and a Fireworks show!
They’ve also housed an impressive truck museum honoring the new school and the old.
And we all know that a pit-stop wouldn’t be complete without waltzing through the gift shop.
Grass Flip-Flops anyone??
Open 24 hours a day, the fuel and service centers have you covered for a quick fill up, tire rotation, oil change or whatever else you might need. All technicians are ASE certified.
If you head up to the second floor you’ll find yourself right in the middle of the “Trucker’s Loft”. The loft is equipped with a workout room, old-time gas pumps, and even a walk-in barber shop for a quick cut and shave. You’ll also find a laundromat, a miniature library, the Trucker’s Christian Chapel, a small movie theater and even a certified chiropractor!
Also found at the Trucker’s Loft is the “Interstate Dental,” a dentist shop which has been run by Dr. Thomas Roemer for 24 straight years.
Outside of the main truck stop building you’ll find a hotel, RV camp, truck wash, and “Dog-O-Mat” dog wash.